Happy New York Marathon, UESiders!!

Let’s cross fingers the weather’s perfect for running and that even the slowest makes it to the finish line with a personal best!!

(Hey, Sunday’s also Origami Day, too!!  And today’s brilliant photographer Walker Evans – you know his classic images even if you don’t know his name – birthday!!)

Yup, one full week ahead:

Friday, November 4th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

This meeting’s topic:   Skyscape photography with simple digital cameras!!  All under the tutelage of Starmaster John Pazmino.  Free!  

Saturday, November 5th:   82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Gajeski and Green Pastures Farms!

Yup, sadly this past Saturday was the last till spring for Sikking Farms and their beautiful, grown-outdoors flowers!

We’ll console ourselves with another week of our Master Knife Sharpener!!  (Look for her around 11!)

And that tomatoes are still really tasty!!

(Market Manager Emeritus Andrei will be filling in for Guramrit!) 

Last week’s recycling totals:  66 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 10 compost bins; 39 bags of clothes.


Sunday, November 6th:  92nd Street Greenmarket



Saturday, November 5th & Sunday, November 6th:  2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble

Every Barnes & Noble Store, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm & 5 pm

Think tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and makers of all kinds of interesting things gathering to learn from experts and each other, work on projects or just observe!  (Who knew there was a 1st Annual Mini Maker Faire?!)  For more

Sunday, November 6th:  Origami Day at the Museum of Natural History

NHM’s Grand Gallery, Central Park at 79th Street, 12-4pm

Speaking for ourselves, we’ve always want to fold a square of paper into a – say – triceratops!!  Museum origami experts will be enabling the likes of us to devise dinosaurs and more with our own two hands!  Free with Museum admission.  For more


At Your Polling Place


Friday, November 11th to Wednesday, November 30th:  FIDE World Chess Championship 2016

Fulton Market Building, South Street Seaport Building, 11 Fulton Street

Reigning champion, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen takes on 26-year-old Sergey Karjakin in a 12-round chess epic and we ordinary mortals can get closer – in person or via virtual reality broadcast – than ever in history!  Tickets, $75-$3,000 or watch via online VR!  (May the best mind win!!)

And then:

Thursday, November 17th:  Hudson Tunnel Open House

Sky Top Ballroom, Hotel Pennsylvania, 18th Floor, 4-7pm

Familiarize yourself with plans for the proposed, desperately needed new rail tunnel linking NY and NJ! Project personnel will be tabling and eager to answer questions!!  (Can’t break ground soon enough!!)  Free and open!!

Sunday, November 20th:  Shred-A-Thon –  Pre-Turkey Day Edition

Opposite the 92nd Street Greenmarket, West Side of First Avenue between 92nd Street, 10am-2pm

You know how it goes:  You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into microbits while you watch!

But, as always, do keep in mind:

NO cardboard or plastic handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take those hardcovers over to Goodwill or Housing Works.)

As ever, thank you, Council Members Kallos and Garodnick for your many years of so generous grants and Assembly Member Seawright for sponsoring the event!) 

How ’bout some miscellany:

Fans of GMO…  Read it and weep in The NYTimes

No kidding India and countries with like climates are challenged by the new HFC agreement…  

In the Good But Not Great Category:  Con Ed’s plan to reduce needy persons’ power bills via solar panels on Con Ed building roofs…  A reduction of maybe a welcome but puny $5 a month for some 6,000 customers.

Oh, really?  No street lights at 72nd & Second?!

Remember this this next time you drop a yogurt container into a recycling bin:  The Association of Plastics Recyclers reports demand for recycled PP/#5 plastic is approaching 300 million pounds a year!!

Long Island-distilled premium vodka…!

Now NYS law (Senate 4268/Assembly 7763) that we slow down before passing waste and recycling collection trucks…  This to better protect waste and recycling workers!

Best Halloween Costumes: Subway Edition…  

Secret talents of our NYC doormen

Of course, the Gingerbread Museum’s in Poland!

Special Treat:  Guramrit’s Aloo Gobi Recipe (her insanely delicious demo of 2 Saturdays ago)!!

Total time: 30-40 minutes, Serves 4


  • 1 medium sized cauliflower (this is the gobi), chopped roughly or into small florets
  • 2 medium sized potatoes (aloo), diced into 1″ cubes
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato, diced into 1″ cubes
  • 1 medium to large onion, finely diced
  • 2 large ripe red tomatoes, chopped OR 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped finely
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons tandoori spice (adjust depending on your desired spice level) or combine: Coriander, Cumin, Nutmeg, Red Pepper, Garlic, Paprika and Onion.
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala (these days, even McCormick’s includes it in their line)
  • 4 tablespoons cultured butter or 4 tablespoons coconut oil/olive oil (whatever you have is okay)
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro to garnish
  • squeeze of lemon to garnish


  1. In a large saute pan, melt butter or warm your oil of choice over medium heat.
  2. Add garam masala and tandoori spices. Toast until fragrant,
  3. Stir in onions, ginger and garlic. Saute until golden and soft. Wait until soft before adding in your salt.
  4. Toss in tomatoes. Let tomatoes reduce. If the sauce is too thick add in a splash or two of water.
  5. Add in potatoes and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes or until potatoes and sweet potatoes are slightly softened.
  6. Add cauliflower to the tomato potato mixture. Add more water if desired and adjust seasoning as you see fit.
  7. Stir and simmer aloo gobi curry for 10-15 minutes without the lid.
  8. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  9. Garnish the aloo gobi with chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lemon, maybe a little more butter. Don’t forget the naan 😉
Happy Eating 🙂 

Hello, animals:

Can’t have too many adorable rescue squirrels…  (Tufted ears makes us think this is an English rescue squirrel!)

Or books of incredibly cute kitten pix!

Love the fishing jargon in this piece of How To Catch Walleye advice!

This week’s Bird Migration Update… 

Audubon relics discovered at the New York Botanical Garden!

With its population down to record lows, the bluefin tuna could use our help… 

What happens when you dress up as your dog’s favorite toy…?

Or when a rescue pig and kitten make friends…?

It’s an urban survivor of our NYC water quality bad and good…  The American eel

And the Bird of the Week is…  The (pretty cute) Common Potoo!


How to train bumblebees

A new, custom-designed  home for evicted Utah bats

Last but hardly least, as winter approaches, the NYS DEC reminds us to avoid the not-so swanky caves and mines where most bats spend their winters!

Living and loving the green life,


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